The actor is saluted by friends and gives thanks to fans during the ceremony.
The 73-year-old actor, who disclosed his cancer last October, appeared to be in good spirits as he arrived for the ceremony on Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Egyptian Theatre. Nevertheless, the actor has lost a significant amount of weight; his face, shaded partly by a newsboy cap, was gaunt and a heavy jacket hung off his body.
"Everyone here today that I’ve invited — and obviously some that I haven’t invited — have enriched my life tremendously," Hopper said when accepting his star. "They’ve shown me a world that I’d never seen, being a farm boy from Dodge City, Kansas."
At the event, hundreds of fans crowded behind metal barricades to snap pictures and cheer for the actor as Leron Gubler, president and chief executive of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, listed Hopper’s numerous credits, which include "Rebel Without a Cause," "Easy Rider" (which he co-wrote, directed and starred in), "Blue Velvet," "Hoosiers", "Waterworld" and "Speed."
Jack Nicholson, left, and Dennis Hopper, who worked together in "Easy Rider," talk at the ceremony. Hopper, who previously announced that he has prostate cancer, told the crowd that he had bandages on his arm and above his eye because of a fall on Thursday.
Before taking the stage, Hopper listened to tributes from actor Viggo Mortensen and film producer Mark Canton. Also in attendance were "Easy Rider" co-star Jack Nicholson, "Blue Velvet" director David Lynch, singer Johnny Mathis and philanthropist Eli Broad.
"In the short attention span of most moviegoers and critics, he is someone who has seemed to regularly rise out of the ashes of self-inflicted chaos, surprising us with his originality and wit as an artist and defying the odds by somehow staying alive physically and professionally," said Mortensen, who greeted Hopper with a large kiss on the cheek. The two costarred in 1991’s "The Indian Runner" and 1993’s "Boiling Point."
"And I love all of you," he said. "And I just want to thank you. That’s all I can do."
Joseph Mannis, Hopper’s lawyer, has said the actor is too weak to participate in a deposition for the divorce case. Friday’s appearance was approved by Hopper’s doctor, who said in court documents that the ceremony would be a positive experience for the actor. Doctors have described Hopper’s cancer as terminal.
After the ceremony, Broad hugged Hopper for a few moments. The two became close because of Hopper’s work as an art collector, artist and photographer. Broad, who sits on the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art, said the museum would hold an exhibition devoted to Hopper this summer.
"I think Dennis is a great person, a great asset to the film industry, to the art world and to Los Angeles," Broad said.